Fleeting Inspiration

Because I’ve taken writing in this blog as a daily commitment, the task is always somewhere in my mind at all times. This has turned on some sort of internal radar that constantly scans for things that could potentially be the topic for my next blog post. When that “radar” picks up something, either from my own daydreams or from something I observe, I immediately whip out my phone and frantically jot the idea down in Evernote, often worried that I won’t be able to keep up with the pace of how fast I’m thinking things – in that moment, I could write forever, riding on that avalanche of thought.¬†But here, nine hours later, when I’m tired and sitting at my desk, ready to write, I’m expecting the floodgates to open as they did before but there’s nothing there. I’m looking at the same text I wrote when the idea was new and raw, but my state of mind is different now. I could¬†write about it, but I wouldn’t do it well, and I’d feel like the idea is wasted. Knowing this now, next time I stumble upon that same train of thought again, I’ll whip out my laptop instead of my phone and type the blog post right then and there. Anyhoo, meta-posts aren’t usually as interesting or fun to write, but it’s good to record realizations of what works and doesn’t work for my writing. Have you noticed this about yourself? It feels abnormal that inspiration should be so fleeting.